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    Political activist arrested: José Daniel Ferrer García

    Document – Cuba: Political activist arrested: José Daniel Ferrer García

    UA: 229/12 Index: AMR 25/019/2012 Date: 1 August 2012

    URGENT ACTION

    POLITICAL ACTIVIST ARRESTED

    Former prisoner of conscience José Daniel Ferrer García was arrested on

    30 July in Cuba's eastern province of Holguín, and his whereabouts are

    now unknown.

    Political activist José Daniel Ferrer García has suffered a government

    campaign of harassment since he was released, in March 2011. He was

    arrested on the evening of 30 July in the province of Holguín, and his

    whereabouts have been unknown since then. He is the coordinator of an

    umbrella group of dissident organizations, based in eastern Cuba, the

    Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unión Patriótica de Cuba, UNPACU). He was

    travelling by car with UNPACU member Antonio Blanco and two others when

    they were stopped by police. They had been travelling from their home

    province of Santiago de Cuba to the city of Holguín, in neighbouring

    Holguín Province. Antonio Blanco has said that they thought it was a

    routine police check, but once the police realized who José Daniel

    Ferrer García was, they arrested him. Antonio Blanco and the others were

    returned to their homes in the province of Santiago de Cuba.

    José Daniel Ferrer García was granted conditional release in March 2011,

    having served eight years of his 25-year sentence. Under the terms of

    his release, he could be sent back to prison to serve the remaining 16

    years of his sentence. He was arrested in April 2012 and charged with

    "public disorder"; he was released 27 days later and told that he was

    being released on condition he give up his political activism. Amnesty

    International believes his latest arrest is yet another attempt to

    repress his and other UNPACU members' peaceful dissident activities in

    eastern Cuba.

    Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:

    Calling on the authorities to reveal the whereabouts of José Daniel

    Ferrer García immediately;

    Urging them to release José Daniel Ferrer García immediately if he is

    detained, unless there is sufficient evidence to charge him with an

    internationally recognizable criminal offence;

    Urging them to cease immediately the harassment and intimidation of

    members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba and all other citizens who seek

    to peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression and

    association.

    PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 12 SEPTEMBER 2012 TO:

    Head of State and Government

    Raúl Castro Ruz

    Presidente de la República de Cuba

    La Havana, Cuba

    Fax: +53 7 83 33 085 (via Foreign Ministry); +1 212 779 1697 (via Cuban

    Mission to UN)

    Email: cuba@un.int (c/o Cuban Mission to UN)

    Salutation: Your Excellency

    Interior Minister

    General Abelardo Colomé Ibarra

    Ministro del Interior y Prisiones

    Ministerio del Interior, Plaza de la Revolución, La Habana, Cuba

    Fax: +537 85 56 621; +1 212 779 1697 (via Cuban Mission to UN)

    Email: correominint@mn.mn.co.cu

    Salutation: Your Excellency

    And copies to:

    Attorney General

    Dr Darío Delgado Cura

    Fiscal General de la República, Fiscalía General de la República,

    Amistad 552, e/Monte y Estrella, Centro Habana

    La Habana, Cuba

    Salutation: Dear Attorney General

    Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your

    country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below:

    Name Address 1 Address 2 Address 3 Fax Fax number Email Email address

    Salutation Salutation

    Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above

    date.

    URGENT ACTION

    POLITICAL ACTIVIST ARRESTED

    ADditional Information

    Prisoner of conscience José Daniel Ferrer García was granted conditional

    release in March 2011, when he had been in prison for eight years. He

    was one of 75 people who had been arrested and sentenced following a

    crackdown on Cuban dissidents in March 2003. All 75 were adopted as

    prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International, as they had acted

    non-violently and were imprisoned under Cuban legislation which

    illegitimately criminalizes political dissent. José Daniel Ferrer García

    was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment, as he had taken part in the

    Varela Project, which aimed at requesting a national referendum on

    democratic reforms. Under Article 31.1.4 of the Cuban Criminal Code,

    conditional release allows a prisoner to see out the remainder of their

    sentence outside prison provided they demonstrate "good behaviour"

    (buena conducta).

    José Daniel Ferrer García was arrested on 2 April 2012 along with 42

    other government critics in the province of Santiago de Cuba, most of

    them UNPACU members. The others were released soon afterwards but José

    Daniel Ferrer García was charged with "public disorder" (desórdenes

    públicos). He was finally released 27 days later, and was told that he

    was being released on the condition that he gave up his political

    activism. José Daniel Ferrer García had also been arrested on 21

    February 2012 in the capital, Havana, and was held for three days before

    being returned to his home. During those three days, the authorities

    refused to admit that he was in their custody.

    The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) is an umbrella group of dissident

    organizations, based primarily in Santiago de

    Cuba, but also in neighbouring provinces of eastern Cuba. UNPACU seeks

    democratic change in Cuba via non-violent means.

    Since UNPACU's creation in mid-2011, its members have faced constant

    harassment and intimidation from the Cuban authorities, including

    arbitrary detention. One of UNPACU's members, prisoner of conscience

    Wilman Villar Mendoza, died in January 2012 following a hunger strike in

    protest at his four-year prison sentence following a summary trial. This

    repression is part of a general crackdown against dissidents in the

    eastern provinces of Cuba which has gathered pace since mid-2011.

    Name: José Daniel Ferrer García

    Gender m/f: m

    UA: 229/12 Index: AMR 25/019/2012 Issue Date: 1 August 2012

    http://amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR25/019/2012/en/0db589eb-a0fb-4265-9207-4f7dfbe99e3d/amr250192012en.html

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